Dedicated to our members' growth and prosperity, the World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) is the strongest, most active free-zone organization in the world. We can help you achieve your strategic objectives, make connections that matter, and put the industry’s most powerful insights, resources and tools at your fingertips.
To bring together free zones stakeholders from all over the world and promote their positive impacts by providing guidance, knowledge and services to our members, so as to enhance free zones’ contribution in the economic prosperity and social development of the host country.
Vision of World Free ZonesTo have free zones recognized globally as a tool for development, economic prosperity and socio-economic sustainability.
We believe that free zones have an inherent obligation to deliver prosperity for their people. We believe this is best done by creating free zones that are commercially successful enterprises built on international best practice, economic sustainability and transparency. We value fairness, free markets, competition and innovation; values that we believe are key enablers of success, job creation and economic prosperity.
The free zone concept, in its many forms, has gained popularity over the past few decades, particularly in the emerging economies of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. From the first free zone at Shannon Airport in 1959,the model has proliferated to the point where there are over 3,000 free zones around the world, which support approximately 70 million jobs.
In addition, to ensure they receive the international recognition and support they deserve, the role of these zones as exemplars of modern infrastructure, as creators of employment opportunities, and as integrators of services, logistics and transport networks, should be highlighted.
Zones have played a critical role in the economies of many countries and to ensure they have the greatest possible impact, they need a global, unifying association to bring them together. One that can represent their interests, share their achievements and support their continuous positive development. It is to address this need that the World FZO has been created.